A Taste of Christmas

Selecting the right Christmas presents can be exhausting and perplexing! Choosing to send a gift hamper is the ideal solution for Christmas presents and gifts for all adult members of the family, friends or work colleagues. Trudging round the shops…

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Christmas Light Loser

There is a little Clark Griswold in all of us. I think we all, deep down, want to set our homes ablaze in lights each Christmas for the pure enjoyment of bringing a little light magic to our family. There…

Christmas is Peace

They are making merchandise of Christmas and all who celebrate it. All of them. Bill O’Reilly. Sarah Palin. The American Humanist Association. Freedom From Religion Foundation. All of them. Those of us who keep Christmas year round know when Christmas…

The True Story of Santa Claus

By Jeff Westover                   Santa Claus is real. And this is his true story. Born nearly 2000 years ago, not too long after the days that Jesus Christ walked the earth, Nicholas was…

History of Tracking Santa Claus

Some would call the tracking of Santa a fairly recent phenomenon. After all, you need technology to follow the Big Guy. The truth is that Santa has been anticipated and tracked for centuries. Ancient stories of La Befana (Italy), Baboushka…

Origins of Christmas in July

The modern image of Christmas is locked in as a season covered in snow, ice and frosty images of evergreens. Ironically, the actual setting for Christmas should take place in the dry desert heat. Christ, after all, was not born…

The Meaning of X in Christmas

Origins of the word “Christmas” date back centuries, when Latin was the official language of the Roman Church. Christmas was called “Dies Natalis Domini”, meaning “Birthday of the Lord”. More formally, Christmas was known as “Festum Natavitatis Domini Jesu Christi”…

The History of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Robert L. May was a copyrighter for Montgomery Wards department store. In 1939 he was assigned the task of creating a giveaway — a book, a story, a poem, something— that Wards could use in marketing Christmas 1939. His efforts led…

The History of the American Christmas Tree as a Symbol of Freedom

The story of Christmas trees in America usually takes us down the path of Hessian soldiers who showcased Christmas trees to George Washington’s troops during his famous Christmas trek across the Delaware. Historians explain that Christmas trees found their popularity…

History of Christmas Villages

As far as Christmas goes, the city of Palm Springs, California is about as far removed from the image of Christmas as it can get. But for Dennis Lloyd his annual return for winter time in Palm Springs signals the…